Meet Batman and Hercules: VIP experiences now on sale for Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza
Northeast Comic Con runs June 20 & 21 at Shriners Auditorium, Wilmington Mass.; VIP experiences are June 19th and 20th
WILMINGTON,Mass. (March 24, 2015) – Fans of Adam West (Batman, Family Guy) and Kevin Sorbo (Hercules, Andromeda) are invited share a VIP experience with two legendary superstars celebrating anniversaries of their first TV episodes. Both fan experiences are just one element of the largest celebration of popularculture in New England, the Northeast Comic Con and Collectibles Extravaganza. This Father’s Day weekend event takes place Saturday June 20 and Sunday June 21, 2015 at the Shriners Auditorium in Wilmington, Mass. (99 Fordham Road). General show hours are 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. on Saturday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday; VIP experiences are at 7 p.m. on both Friday and Saturday night, June 19th and 20th.
FRIDAY, JUNE 19: Tickets are now on sale to fans of Kevin Sorbo, the handsome and talented star of Andromeda as well as Hercules: The Legendary Journeys celebrating its 20th anniversary of the first episode. Also held at the Shriners Auditorium Fez Room the evening before the Comic Con begins, tickets to the Kevin Sorbo VIP experience are $90, and limited to 100 fans. This VIP tickets includes weekend admission to both weekend days of the Northeast Comic Con (June 20 & 21) as well as a photo opportunity with Sorbo and a chance to watch the first episode of Hercules TV program, as introduced by Sorbo himself.
SATURDAY, JUNE 20: Fans of the legendary Adam West, the original Batman (and now on Family Guy), can celebrate the 50th anniversary of the star’s first episode with a VIP event at 7 p.m. on Saturday, June 20th atthe Shriner’s Auditorium Fez room. The $100 VIP ticket provides fans with achance to get their photo with West and then screen the first episode of the1966 “Batman” TV program, introduced by West himself.
Both VIP experiences include free gaming playon the exclusive Starship Horizon bridge simulator as well as liveentertainment, free soft drinks and snacks and a cash bar.
More about Northeast ComicCon: Thisyear’s event features a40,000 sq. ft. entertainment experience for all nerds and the people who lovethem. Highlights include cosplay for all ages with“Create-A-Hero/Villain/Character” contests and a Cosplay Death Match andCosplay Dating Game, free-play video game arcade and tournaments, workshops forK!DZ, and celebrity autograph signings and panel sessions. Guests can shop at150 vendors of vintage and modern toys, comic books, collectibles, art,jewelry, fashion and pop cultural artifacts. In between Father’s Day shopping,guests of all ages will enjoy music, contests and entertainment to marvel atbetween sessions and booths.
Withfree parking, regular Northeast Comic Con admission ticket prices are among thelowest in the industry. Advanced tickets are now available for purchase online;ticket prices will be higher at the door. Children under 7 are free whenaccompanied by an adult.
For schedules, VIP packages and advance tickets, visit NortheastComicCon.net.For show inquiries, email email@example.com. For media and sponsorship inquiries,contact Julie Dennehy, Dennehy PR, Julie@dennehypr.com.
Calling all Flintstones and WWE fans! The Flintstones and WWE have teamed up to bring you Stone Age Smackdown! We will award one lucky fan a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack.
About The Flintstones and WWE: Stone Age Smackdown
When Fred loses his family’s vacation money, he hatches one of his hair brained plans to get it back. It’s a sports entertainment spectacle that involves throwing his best bud, Barney into the wrestling ring with the likes of John Cenastone (John Cena), Rey Mysteriopal (Rey Mysterio) and even The Undertaker, with Fred himself as event promoter! The crowds roar, the “clams” are pouring in from ticket sales and even Mr. McMagma (Vince McMahon) is taking notice of all the hoopla. Including all-star appearances from The Boulder Twins (Brie and Nikki Bella) Marble Henry (Mark Henry) and Daniel Bry-Rock (Daniel Bryan), it’s time to get the whole family together for hard-hitting, side-splitting laughs from the most epic event in all of prehistory!
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Wizard World Reports 2014 Year End Financials
106% Increase from 2013
El Segundo, CA, March 16, 2015 – Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) (the “Company”), a leading provider of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across the world, announced that the Company has released its 2014 audited financial results in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2014 (the “YE 2014”).
The Company hosted seventeen events in 2014: sixteen comic cons and one social con, bringing fans together with their favorite celebrities, artists, exhibitors in a pop culture and multimedia experience. This was an increase of nine events from the Company’s 2013 tour.
Convention revenue for the year ended December 31, 2014 was $23,060,178, an increase of $11,874,044 (or 106%) from $11,186,134 reported in the comparable year ended December 31, 2013. The significant increase in revenue in 2014 is primarily accredited to the increased number of events, better advertised and marketed events including more programming, an exciting list of celebrities and artists, and an increasing fan base, which all translates to higher revenue growth. Average revenue per event was $1,356,481.
Operating expenses were $6,823,253 in YE 2014, as compared to $3,921,585 for the same period in 2013, which was the result of increases in staffing and employment costs due to the increased number and size of the events, however the Company’s operating margins have improved year-over-year due to operating the events more efficiently.
Income from operations was $1,468,162 in YE 2014, as compared to $343,506 for the comparable period in 2013. The increase is primarily attributable to running more events and more profitable events during 2014, as compared to 2013.
The Company reported a net income of $995,617 or income per share of $0.02 for YE 2014, as compared to a net loss of $(3,637,735) or loss per share of ($0.09), in the comparable period in 2013. Income in 2014 was primarily generated from convention revenue and stronger profit margin versus the loss in 2013, which was non-cash generated from a loss on the fair value of the Company’s derivative liabilities. By the end of 2013, the Company successfully extinguished all derivative instruments.
As of December 31, 2014, the Company had working capital of $3,838,096 and as of March 16, 2015, there were 51,358,386 shares of common stock issued and outstanding.
On March 3, 2015, the Company launched CONtv, a new digital network devoted to passionate fans of pop culture entertainment, providing consumers access to thousands of hours of exclusive content showcasing an original slate of programming as well as a vast digital catalog of over 1,200 must-watch titles, included, but not limited to, original series, cult television shows and genre movies encompassing sci-fi, horror, fantasy, anime, grindhouse, martial arts action, and more, to live coverage of events at the cons– all available on-demand either in a free, ad-supported format or a low cost, subscription-based model of $6.99/month for premium content. CONtv is a partnership with Cinedigm Corp., one the nation’s largest independent distributor’s of digital entertainment.
The digital service brings fans their favorite films, television series, comics, behind the scenes access to the Company’s conventions and more. CONtv is offered as a free ad-supported platform as well as a subscription which includes content exclusives, audience rewards, dynamic social viewing experiences, and ticketing bundle opportunities for fans planning to attend the Company’s conventions. CONtv currently provides over 1600 hours of programming available across a wide spectrum of devices including Roku, Apple iOS, Android, and other digital media.
The Company’s 2015 Wizard World tour consists of 27 events in 25 cities, including debut cities Las Vegas, Pittsburgh, Ft. Lauderdale, and San Jose. The Company also announced its first international comic con outside of North America in China, to be held on May 30 through June 1, 2015. The Company will continue to expand its footprint across the world as the Wizard World brand becomes a household brand name. To find a Wizard World Comic Con in a city near you, please go to: http://www.wizardworld.com/.
“As I reflect and look back at the year, it gives me great pleasure to know we are building a brand presence among the pop culture world and the comic con circuit. I cannot be more proud of our management team and staff for delivering an amazing 2014 tour,” commented John Macaluso, CEO of Wizard World, Inc. “2015 will also be an exciting year for us all, fans and shareholders included, as we continue to strive to increase revenues by expanding into other markets and other endeavors such as CONtv.”
The Company encourages shareholders to not rely on this press release and to refer to the Company’s financial statements included in its Annual Report on Form 10-K for full disclosure relating to the year-end financial report, filed with the United States Securities and Exchange Commission on March 16, 2015, which can be found at www.sec.gov.
About Wizard World, Inc.
Wizard World, Inc. (OTCBB: WIZD) is a leading provider of Comic Cons and pop culture conventions across the world that celebrate graphic novels, comic books, movies, TV shows, celebrities, gaming, technology, toys and social networking. The events often feature celebrities from movies and TV, artists and writers, and events such as premieres, gaming tournaments, panels, and costume contests.
For more information and full event schedule, visit: www.wizardworld.com.
This press release may contain forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 that involve certain risks and uncertainties. The actual results or outcomes of Wizard World, Inc. may differ materially from those anticipated. Although Wizard World, Inc. believes that the assumptions underlying the forward-looking statements contained herein are reasonable, any such assumptions could prove to be inaccurate. Therefore, Wizard World, Inc. can provide no assurance that any of the forward-looking statements contained in this letter will prove to be accurate.
In light of the significant uncertainties and risks inherent in the forward-looking statements included in this letter, such information should not be regarded as a representation by Wizard World, Inc. that its objectives or plans will be achieved. Included in these uncertainties and risks are, among other things, fluctuations in operating results, general economic conditions, uncertainty regarding the results of certain legal proceedings and competition. Forward-looking statements consist of statements other than a recitation of historical fact and can be identified by the use of forward-looking terminology such as “may,” “intend,” “expect,” “will,” “anticipate,” “estimate” or “continue” or the negatives thereof or other variations thereon or comparable terminology. Because they are forward-looking, such statements should be evaluated in light of important risk factors and uncertainties. These risk factors and uncertainties are more fully described in Wizard World, Inc.’s most recent Annual and Quarterly Reports filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including under the heading entitled “Risk Factors.” Wizard World, Inc. does not undertake an obligation to update publicly any of its forward-looking statements, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
The folks at Con*Quest Adventure Journal were kind enough to reach out to us and offer a sample of their product to review, and we jumped at the chance to check out their product.
The Con*Quest Adventure Journal allows you to pack a whole lot of convention-related stuff in one convenient binder. I love the spot for the Sharpie on the side (and it comes with that, too!).
There’s a page for artwork.
Cosplayer info or photos…
Meet up with somebody and need a place for his or her info? There’s a page for that, too.
Hear something funny at a panel? Jot it down.
I thought the Vendor Quest page was a particularly good idea. See something you like at a booth but want to work the room first? Here’s a place to make a note of the booth number, location on the floor show, etc.
I think the Con*Quest Adventure Journal is a clever idea (I wish we had thought of it!). The graphics strike me as a bit kid-oriented so I’m not sure I would pick up one for myself of this version, but I could definitely see getting copies if you are taking your kids with you to conventions.
In addition to the regular edition, they also do convention-variants so be sure to check out where they are going to be setting up next (they just reached a license agreement to produce a Gen Con branded edition!).
The journal itself starts at $35, but you can get an edition with a custom tote for $40.
But hey…the Con*Quest Adventure Journal folks were kind enough to not only give us a copy to review…but also a copy to share with one lucky fan!
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Orlando MegaCon Returns to the Orange County Convention Center April 10-12, 2015
ORLANDO, Fla. (March 2, 2014) — Orlando MegaCon, the Southeast’s largest comic book, anime, gaming and multi-media event, is returning to the Orange County Convention Center April 10-12. The popular event promises to be bigger and better than ever with more events, exhibits and the announcement of celebrity guests including comic book icon, Stan Lee (Saturday and Sunday only).
The weekend starts off with the First Annual MegaWalk at MegaCon 2015, hosted by the Hero Initiative. This event will take place on Friday, April 10 at 11 a.m. with all proceeds going towards the Hero Initiative. The Hero Initiative creates a financial safety net for comic creators who may need emergency medical aid, financial support for essentials of life, and an avenue back into paying work. The walk’s grand marshal will be comic book legend George Perez.
The festivities continue on Friday night at The Cosmos Party. With DJ performances, dancing, laser light show, VIP celebrities and costume contest, The Cosmos Party is the official launch of MegaCon. The Cosmo Party takes place in Ballroom D and tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Attendees must be 18 or older with proper ID to attend this event.
MegaCon’s avid attendees come first and foremost to see the all-star line-up of comic book guests including George Pérez, Ed McGuiness, Mike Perkins, Marv Wolfman, Allen Bellman, Amanda Conner, Jimmy Palmiotti, Frank Cho, Ethan Van Sciver, Andy Smith, Darwyn Cooke, Drew Geraci, Rob Hunter, Katie Cook, Bob Layton, Chuck Dixon, Andy Price, Mike Lilly, Sean Chen, Greg Horn, Dan Parent, Sergio Cariello, Billy Tucci and Brian Pulido
Also big draws at MegaCon are the “media guests” (stars of TV, film and professional sports). Media guests include:
- Norman Reedus, Michael Rooker, Jon Bernthal, Sarah Wayne Callies – The Walking Dead
- Ron Perlman (Hellboy) and Mark Boone Junior – Sons of Anarchy (Saturday and Sunday only)
- Hulk Hogan – Professional wrestling icon (Saturday and Sunday only)
- Cary Elwes – The Princess Bride
- Karen Gillan – Doctor Who, Guardians of the Galaxy (Saturday and Sunday only)
- Jenna Colman, Arthur Darvill – Doctor Who (Saturday and Sunday only)
- Summer Glau – Firefly, Arrow (Saturday and Sunday only)
- Adam Baldwin – Firefly, Chuck
- Alan Tudyk — Firefly
- David Ramsey – Arrow
- Lou Ferrigno – The Incredible Hulk
- Sean Patrick Flanery, David Della Rocca, Clifton Collins, Jr. – The Boondock Saints
- Jeremy Shada, Olivia Olson – Adventure Time
- Rob Paulsen, Jess Harnell and Trey MacNeille – The Animaniacs and professional voice actors
- Grey DeLisle and Troy Baker – professional voice actors
Other weekend events include the MegaCon video gaming with the Supercon 2K series and an arcade room by Freeplay Florida.
MegaCon 2015 Showroom Dates and Hours:
Friday, April 10: 12 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Saturday, April 11: 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, April 12: 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
MegaCon 2015 Ticket Prices:
Online: Friday – $30, Saturday – $35, Sunday $30, 3-day – $70
Onsite: Friday – $35, Saturday – $40, Sunday $35, 3-day –$75
MegaCon 2015 Location:
West Building – Exhibit Halls A4 through B4
9899 International Drive
Orlando, FL 32819
Saturday tickets are expected to sell out, so guests are encouraged to consider attending MegaCon on Friday or Sunday.
MegaCon has grown to become one of the largest comic book and sci-fi conventions in the nation with attendance increasing each year. Designed to appeal to all ages and interests, MegaCon allows attendees to meet and mingle with their favorite comic book artists and TV/film stars, buy amazing collectibles from hundreds of vendors and artists, enjoy gaming events, and participate in numerous activities throughout the weekend.
The MegaCon guest list is constantly growing. Check www.MegaConvention.com frequently for more updates.
MAD Event Management Announces New Comic Book Convention
WARWICK, NY (March 10, 2015)…MAD Event Management is proud to announce the third addition to their comic convention line up, the New Jersey Comic Expo which is scheduled for November 21 & 22, 2015 at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ. Joining its sister conventions, Long Beach Comic Con and Long Beach Comic Expo, New Jersey Comic Expo will be part of a three-show series.
“The success of films and television shows based on comic book characters originates with the creators,” said Martha Donato, President of MAD. “The comic shows we produce are first and foremost produced for anyone who has an affinity for comics, animation, games – really any type of pop culture that values content and its creators. We strive to create an environment that brings together a group of people who want to celebrate a culture and a lifestyle. And most of our team who produces the shows are based in the NY/NJ area, so this is a great place for us to do a home show.”
For more information about New Jersey Comic Expo, visit www.newjerseycomicexpo.com.
About MAD Event Management:
MAD Event Management is an all-purpose event planning facilitator whose principal owner has over 18 years of experience producing annual large-scale consumer conventions around the country, including Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, Chicago and Dallas. MAD’s capabilities include: Site Selection, Exhibit Staffing, Marketing Plans, Vendor Selection, Floor Plan Development, On-Site Execution, Sponsor Exhibitor Sales, Travel Management, Contract Development, Setup & Disassembly and Contract Coordination. Visit www.madeventmanagement.com for additional information.
About the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center:
What makes us New Jersey’s #1 Showplace? LOCATION, LOCATION, LOCATION! The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center is situated in Edison, NJ, in the heart of one of the nation’s fastest growing and most affluent geographic regions. The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center is located in the geographic heart of the Northeast, adjacent to the confluence of I-95 (The NJ Turnpike), I-287, The Garden State Parkway, and US Route 1 & 9, and 35. Just 15 minutes south of Newark Liberty Airport, 40 minutes south of Midtown Manhattan and 60 minutes from Northeast Philadelphia. The New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center is convenient to all major transportation centers with public transportation available from New York City provided by AMTRAK to both New Brunswick and Islen/Metropark.
Hassle-free move-in and operations gives a show manager the freedom and convenience they deserve. The largest venue in Northern New Jersey, the New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center offers ground level accessibility, fourteen loading docks, and two drive-in doors.
COME CELEBRATE THE 20th ANNIVERSARY OF…MIKE CARBO’S BIG APPLE CON
Comic Books, Celebs, Cosplay & more…
Saturday, March 7th 10am~6pm Penn Plaza Pavilion, NYC
In celebration of its 20th ANNIVERSARY, MIKE CARBONARO’s BIG APPLE CON, New York City’s longest-running comic book/sci-fi/fantasy/horror/Cosplay convention, returns to PENN PLAZA PAVILION (401 7th Ave @ 33rd Street -opposite Madison Square Garden) on SATURDAY, MARCH 7, 2015 from 10am to 6pm. This amazing explosion of pop-culture will bring together top comics creators, celebrities, pro wrestlers, dealers, panel discussions, a costume contest & more in one incredible day! There will be hundreds of tables of comics, toys, posters, videos, original art, t-shirts & other collectibles, with everything from the world’s rarest comics as well as the newest and coolest books for sale!
BIG APPLE CON proudly hosts a full “Artists Alley” of comic book, animation, and trading card creators, illustrators & writers, including: Rich Buckler (Deathlok, Fantastic Four), James O’Barr (The Crow), Mark Bode (Cobalt 60, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles), Herb Trimpe (Incredible Hulk, Wolverine), Ramona Fradon (Super Friends, Aquaman), Larry Hama (G.I. Joe, Bucky O’Hare), Basil Gogos (Famous Monsters of Filmland), Bill Tucci (Shi, Sgt. Rock), Bob Rozakis (‘Mazing Man, Joker’s Daughter), Bill Plympton (the “King of Indie Animation”), Bob Camp (Ren & Stimpy, ThunderCats), Tom DeFalco (Thor, Spider-Girl), Danny Fingeroth (Spider-Man, Daredevil), Jim Salicrup (Avengers, Papercutz), Sean Chen (Iron Man, Valiant Comics), Jamal Igle (Molly Danger, Green Lantern), Rodney Ramos (Punisher War Journal, Transmetropolitan), and Brian Kong (Upper Deck, MLB, NBA, NFL).
The headlining media celebrity guests include: Pro Wrestlers “Rowdy” Roddy Piper, Jake “The Snake” Roberts, and Brimstone, Power Rangers Jason David Frank and Steve Cardenas, The Walking Dead’s Chris Harrelson, Moses Moseley and Theshay West, Paris Themmen (Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, Star Trek: Voyager), GinaMarie Zimmerman (Big Brother), Johnny Brennan (Jerky Boys, Family Guy), John Altamura (Toxic Avenger 2 & 3), and Mike Zapic, Ming Chen & Robert Bruce from AMC’s Comic Book Men.
Captain Zorikh’s Costume Contest will once again bring the most amazing costumers and Cosplayers together for a fast-paced, exciting show of creative excellence!
DATE: Saturday, March 7th ~ 10am -6pm
PLACE: Penn Plaza Pavilion ~ 401 7th Ave. @ 33rd St.
TICKETS: $20 (adult) $10 (child) At the Door: $20/$10
TICKET PURCHASE & INFORMATION: www.nycbm.com
Lego fans wait no more! LEGO: DC Comics Super Heroes: Justice League vs. Bizarro League is here along with an awesome Bizarro name-generator app and exclusive Digital Trading Cards.
One lucky winner will receive LEGO Justice League vs. Bizarro League Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet Combo Pack + with Batzarro LEGO minifigure!
Deadline to enter is March 4, 2015.
The Story: Batman has joined the newly formed Justice League in order to keep tabs on Superman, a mistrust that is complicated by Superman’s clumsy – but well-meaning – clone, Bizarro. Bizarro’s creation of the Bizarro League has caused confusion amongst the world’s greatest Super Heroes, but an even greater and mysterious threat may force the Justice League and Bizarro League to band together to defeat evil.
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FOURTH SET OF COMIC-CON GUESTS ANNOUNCED
SAN DIEGO- Comic-Con International, the nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and popular artforms continued this year’s practice of announcing a selection of new guests for their summer show. Comic-Con takes place in San Diego beginning on Thursday, July 9, and running through Sunday, July 12, 2015, at the San Diego Convention Center.
Guests announced today include:
Writer/artist Michael Cho: Shoplifter
Artist Tom Grummett: Fantastic Four, X-Men Forever, Teen Titans
Designer/author Chip Kidd: Peanuts: The Art of Charles M. Schulz, Batman: Death by Design
Editorial cartoonist Jen Sorenson
Artist Bernie Wrightson: Swamp Thing, Frankenstein
Be sure to visit www.comic-con.org and check out the Toucan Blog, the only OFFICIAL blog of Comic-Con International, for additional information on guests and up to date information on all aspects of the eagerly awaited summer show!
About Comic-Con International:
Comic-Con International (CCI) is a nonprofit educational organization dedicated to creating awareness of, and appreciation for, comics and related popular artforms, primarily through the presentation of conventions and events that celebrate the historic and ongoing contribution of comics to art and culture. In addition to its San Diego convention each summer (the world’s largest comics convention of its kind), CCI organizes WonderCon Anaheim each spring. On the web: Comic-Con.org, Facebook.com/comiccon, Twitter.com/comic_con.
Finalists for Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Announced; Ceremony Set for Long Beach Comic Expo 2015
Announcing the Finalists for the First Ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity
(February 18, Long Beach, CA) The finalists for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award were announced today. The five nominated titles are:
HEX11 by Lisa K. Weber and Kelly Sue Milano (HexComics)
M.F.K. by Nilah Magruder (www.mfkcomic.com)
MS. MARVEL by G. Willow Wilson and Adrian Alphona (Marvel Entertainment)
THE SHADOW HERO by Gene Luen Yang and Sonny Liew (First Second Books)
SHAFT by David F. Walker and Bilquis Evely (Dynamite Entertainment)
The winner will be announced at the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity ceremony event to be held later this month at Long Beach Comic Expo on Saturday February 28 at 2 PM PT. The Award is named in honor of Dwayne McDuffie, the legendary writer and producer who co-founded and created Milestone Media. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE.
“The nominees for the first ever Dwayne McDuffie Award reflect the best of what a comic book can be,” said Matt Wayne, the Director of the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity. “These five titles, as different as they are, reflect Dwayne’s aspirations for the comic book industry. They are diverse, inclusive and forward looking.”
“I am so proud that my husband’s personal mission to include a more diverse array of voices–both in content and creators–is able to continue now through this Award in his name, by encouraging others who share his vision of comics, characters, and the industry itself better mirroring society,” said Charlotte McDuffie.
The Dwayne McDuffie Award Selection Committee consists of eight prominent comics and animation professionals who knew McDuffie and have demonstrated a commitment to inclusiveness:
- Neo Edmund – Novelist, animation and comics writer;
- Joan Hilty – Nickelodeon Comics Editor; Creator of Bitter Girl;
- Joseph Illidge – Former Editor, Milestone and DC Comics; Columnist, Comic Book Resources; Writer, First Second Books;
- Heidi MacDonald – Editor in Chief, The Beat;
- Glen Murakami – Producer/Supervising Director, DC animated properties and Ben 10: Alien Force/Ultimate Alien;
- Eugene Son – Comics writer/Story Editor, Ultimate Spider-Man Animated;
- William J. Watkins – Writer; Former owner, Chicago’s first Black-owned comics store;
- Len Wein – Co-creator Swamp Thing, Wolverine, New X-Men; Former Editor-in-Chief- of Marvel Comics and Senior Editor, DC Comics.
“The Long Beach shows are committed to diversity,” said Martha Donato, Executive Director of Long Beach Comic Expo. “It’s our great pleasure to host the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony and to celebrate the legacy of a wonderful man and writer who inspired so many people with his words, his action and his creations.”
Reginald Hudlin, an innovator of the modern black film movement (House Party, Boomerang and BeBe’s Kids), will be the Keynote Speaker at the Dwayne McDuffie Award for Diversity Award ceremony later this month.
ABOUT THE CREATORS OF HEX11:
Kelly Sue Milano was introduced to comics the way most five-year-old girls are: by getting taken to the Fullerton AMC Theaters to see Batman with her Dad in the summer of 1989. Though she wasn’t stoked at first, what followed was total and complete love. Not just with superheroes and comics – but with stories. She has been published in the Orange County Register, has written award-winning short stories, monologues, and comedy sketches, and has contributed to the development of several film projects for Periscope Entertainment. She also curates the blog for A.WAKE; a movement dedicated to celebrating female artists. Kelly Sue is a sucker for Nabakov and fancy coffee and currently lives in Los Angeles with her dog, Louie.
Lisa K. Weber makes art for comics, kid’s books, and cartoons. She also enjoys satire, white wine, and classic rock hits. She has created artwork for comic adaptations of Edgar Allan Poe’s Hop-Frog, Oscar Wilde’s The Picture of Dorian Gray, Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla, and Saki’s Tobermory, all featured in Graphic Classics. Her illustrations have appeared in publications from Penguin Books, Houghton-Mifflin Harcourt, Scholastic Inc, and Capstone Press. She has also contributed character designs and storyboards for Nickelodeon, Curious Pictures, and PBS Kids. Lisa currently lives and works in Los Angeles, California.
ABOUT THE CREATORS OF M.F.K.:
Nilah Magruder is a storyboard and concept artist artist in Los Angeles. Born and raised in Maryland, from a young age she developed an eternal love for three things: nature, books, and animation. Naturally, all of her school notebooks were full of doodles of animals and cartoon characters.
Nilah received a B.A. in communication arts from Hood College and B.F.A. in computer animation from Ringling College of Art and Design. She has illustrated for comics, children’s books, film and commercial television. Interested in exploring diversity in storytelling, she launched the action-adventure webcomic M.F.K. She believes that everyone should have characters with whom they can relate in their chosen entertainment, be it comic book, novel, film, TV, or video game.
ABOUT THE WRITER & ARTIST OF MS. MARVEL:
G. Willow Wilson is a novelist and comic book writer based in Seattle. Her works include the novel Alif the Unseen, a New York Times Notable Book and winner of the 2013 World Fantasy Award for Best Novel. She is the creator, with artist Adrian Alphona, of the bestselling All-New Ms. Marvel series from Marvel Comics. Her series Air (DC/Vertigo) and Mystic: The Tenth Apprentice (Marvel) were both nominated for Eisner Awards. In what spare time she has, Willow enjoys playing MMOs, watching British television, cooking, and maintaining the proud tradition of the Oxford comma. She lives with her husband and their two children.
Adrian Alphona is the artist of MS. MARVEL. He illustrated an acclaimed run of RUNAWAYS written by Brian K Vaughan for Marvel Entertainment.
ABOUT THE CREATORS OF THE SHADOW HERO
Gene Luen Yang’s 2006 book American Born Chinese was the first graphic novel to be nominated for a National Book Award and the first to win the American Library Association’s Michael L. Printz Award. His 2013 two-volume graphic novel Boxers & Saints was also nominated for a National Book Award and won the L.A. Times Book Prize. Gene currently lives in the San Francisco Bay Area with his wife and children.
Sonny Liew is a comic artist, painter and illustrator whose work includes titles for DC Vertigo, Marvel Comics and First Second Books. He has received Eisner nominations for his art on Wonderland (Disney), as well as for spearheading Liquid City (Image Comics), a multi-volume comics anthology featuring creators from Southeast Asia. His Malinky Robot series was a Xeric grant recipient and winner of the Best Science Fiction Comic Album Award at the Utopiales SF Festival in Nantes (2009).
His latest work is The Art of Charlie Chan Hock Chye, which will be published by Pantheon Books in 2016.
ABOUT THE WRITER & ARTIST OF SHAFT:
David F. Walker is an award-winning journalist, filmmaker, and author of the YA series The Adventures of Darius Logan. His publication BadAzz MoFo became internationally known as the indispensable resource guide to black films of the 1970s. His work in comics includes the series Shaft (Dynamite Entertainment), Doc Savage (Dynamite Entertainment), Number 13 (Dark Horse Comics), The Army of Dr. Moreau (IDW/Monkeybrain Comics), and The Supernals Experiment (Canon Comics).
Bilquis Evely is a 24-year-old Brazilian comic book artist. She started her professional life in 2010 as the penceiller of the Brazilian comic book, Luluzinha Teen e Sua Turma” Her recent work includes The Shadow and Doc Savage for Dynamite. She is currently working on Shaft, which is written by David F. Walker.
ABOUT DWAYNE MCDUFFIE:
Dwayne McDuffie is best known as the co-founder and creator of Milestone Media. He was a Story Editor on the KIDS WB’s Emmy Award-winning animated series STATIC SHOCK, which he co-created. He was also a Producer and Story Editor on Cartoon Network’s JUSTICE LEAGUE. He was Editor-In-Chief of Milestone Media’s award-winning line of comic books, managing an editorial operation which boasted the best on-time delivery record in the industry for nearly four years running and has also worked as an editor for Marvel Comics and Harvey Entertainment. As a writer, Dwayne created or co-created more than a dozen series, including DAMAGE CONTROL, DEATHLOK II, ICON, STATIC, XOMBI, THE ROAD TO HELL and HARDWARE. He wrote stories for dozens of other comics, including, SPIDER-MAN, BATMAN: LEGENDS OF THE DARK KNIGHT, THE TICK, CAPTAIN MARVEL, AVENGERS SPOTLIGHT, BACK TO THE FUTURE, HELLRAISER, ULTRAMAN, (The Artist Formerly Known As) PRINCE and X-O MANOWAR.
Dwayne won the 2003 HUMANITAS PRIZE for “Jimmy,” a STATIC SHOCK script about gun violence in schools. He was nominated for two EMMY AWARDS for the TV series STATIC SHOCK, a WRITERS GUILD AWARD for the TV series JUSTICE LEAGUE and three EISNER AWARDS for his work in comic books. His comic book work won eleven PARENTS’ CHOICE AWARDS, six “Best Editor” awards, and a GOLDEN APPLE AWARD for his “use of popular art to promote and enhance human dignity.”
Dwayne was born and raised in Detroit, Michigan and attended The Roeper School. Before entering comics, he studied in undergraduate and graduate programs at The University of Michigan, then attended film school at New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts. He also co-hosted a radio comedy program, while moonlighting pseudonymously as a freelance writer for stand-up comedians and late-night television comedy programs. He wrote scripts for an animated feature, episodes of BEN 10: ALIEN FORCE, STATIC SHOCK!, JUSTICE LEAGUE, WHAT’S NEW, SCOOBY-DOO? and TEEN TITANS.
ABOUT LONG BEACH EXPO:
Long Beach Comic Expo is an annual event held at the Long Beach Convention Center that celebrates comic books and pop culture and showcases the exceptional works of talented writers, artists, illustrators and creators of all types of pop culture. At Long Beach Comic Expo, you’ll find exhibitors promoting and selling all types of related products, as well as entertaining and educational programs for all ages, guest signings and meet & greet sessions with celebrities. Long Beach Comic Expo is a MAD Event Management, LLC production. To learn more and purchase tickets, please visit www.longbeachcomicexpo.com.